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Co-Occurring Disorders
What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

There is a strong correlation between physical and mental health conditions and addiction or substance abuse. People who are suffering from a condition like depression, PTSD or anxiety, and also abusing substances are known as dual-diagnosis. Due to the alarming rise in the number of people dependent on or addicted to prescription drugs, people with substance abuse are increasingly suffering a co-existing physical health condition. The term co-occurring disorder is used in reference to the mental illness that contributes to the development of addiction or the mental health disorder that developed as a result of an addiction or substance abuse.

Why Do People Have Addiction and Mental Illness?

There are two main reasons a person becomes dual-diagnosis:


-They started using drugs and/or alcohol to self-medicate the symptoms of a mental illness

-They developed the symptoms of mental illness as a consequence of substance abuse


In both cases, specialist dual-diagnosis treatment is required. This specialist treatment deals with both mental health conditions separately while at the same time. This is important in the majority of dual-diagnosis cases; the two health conditions feed off each other unless treatment is sought.


Mental health problems are very common among people with addiction issues and they both require treatment in order to achieve a healthy and fulfilling recovery. The purpose of rehab is to prepare people for their daily lives after completing a program and so it is vital that all associated health issues are dealt with. For example, there is little point in treating a person’s addiction without dealing with their depression as it will continue to drive substance abuse in the future.


It is always important to bear in mind that if you suffer from a mental illness, you are not alone. Residential or inpatient rehab introduces you to a community of people who completely understand your problems. Many other clients in rehab will share similar experiences to yours and group therapy is an invaluable aspect of rehab that continues to support you in recovery.

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Suffering with a mental health disorder doesn’t need to be an isolating experience. CASA Recovery offers personalized mental health programs in Southern California that can help you restart your life. Out beautiful facilities offer a tranquil environment for treatment of all types of mental health disorders and dual-diagnosis. Contact CASA Recovery for a confidential consultation today.

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